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Thomas Smith Jr. Co.
USA: Michigan, Detroit
Synthetic fiber (likely), metal, paper, plastic, ink
overall: 10-1/2"h x 2-1/4"w x 1/4"d
Gift of Patricia Fé Andrews
Masonic "Welcome Senior Wardens 1970" Ribbon Badge. Ribbon badge has pin bar at top; it features a rectangular cast gold-colored metal frame with a raised geometric decorative border; inside frame is a white piece of paper (covered with a piece of clear plastic) with the black typed text, "Emil Cruz, W.M. / Schiller # 263". Suspended from this are several satin (likely synthetic) ribbons layered over each other and glued together; top ribbon is red, second is white, third is purple, and bottom ribbon is yellow; each has zig-zag shape to border. Gold stamped text on red section, reads "WELCOME / SENIOR / WARDENS / March 28, 1970 / [square and compasses with a G at center] / ACACIA / No. 477 / F. & A. M. / Robert Smith / Senior Warden"; in white section in blue stamped text, "COMPOSITE / No. 499 / F. & A. M. / Donald Purdie / Senior Warden"; in purple section, "EASTGATE / No. 508 / F. & A. M. / Samuel McBride / Senior Warden"; in yellow section, stamped in blue, "ACANTHUS / No. 558 / F. & A. M. / Gerald Edgerly / Senior Warden". Bottom edge cut in zig-zag pattern. On reverse, pin is gold-colored metal with spring hinge; sewn along top of ribbon is off-white rectangular manufacturer's tag with the text printed in blue: "Mfg. By / THOMAS SMITH JR. CO. / 114 W 7 MILE ROAD / DETROIT 3 MICHIGAN / FOREST 6-1050 / PRIZE RIBBONS & ROSETTES / CELLULOID BUTTONS / TROPHIES - ENGRAVING".
This item belonged to Emil Cruz. Cruz (1904–1983), born in the Philippines, emigrated to the United States in 1924 at the age of 19 and eventually worked as a jeweler. He was a member of Schiller Lodge No. 263 and Damascus Commandery No. 42, both located in Detroit.